|Birth: ||Mar. 4, 1927|
|Death: ||Jul. 8, 2013|
Ellen Glendening passed away Monday, July 8, 2013, at Miller's Merry Manor where she had resided for several years.
Born in Berkeley, California, she was the daughter of Richard B. and Velma (Harris) Heflebower. Ellen graduated from Eastern High School, Washington, D.C., in 1945. She graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Carleton College in 1949; and, in the 1980's, earned a master of Science degree in Public Policy and Public Administration from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University.
In June, 1949, she married Dr. Richard L. Glendening, M.D. and their marriage lasted 62 years, until his death in 2011.
The Glendenings moved to Logansport, Indiana, in 1954. Ellen became involved in public service to their community. She was active in the successful effort to establish an elected school board for Logansport public schools, which replaced the township-trustee system of school governance.
In 1971, Ellen became the first woman elected to the Logansport City Council. She was reelected in 1975 and again in 1979. She also served as council president. She went on to join the Logansport Utility Services Board and, in the 1980s, ran as a Democratic candidate for state legislature. She was Precinct 11's Democratic committee woman for more than 20 years, during which she registered voters and organized volunteers to staff the precinct's polling place.
Ellen was active in the League of Women Voters and the Altrusa Professional Women's Club, in which she enthusiastically supported the club's adult literacy project. She was also a past member of the Logansport Plan Commission, the School Board Advisory Committee, and the Community Service Council. In all of these endeavors she was a passionate advocate for good government, fact-based government, and a better city.
Mrs. Glendening enjoyed a lifelong interest in wildflowers and gardening. She was a wonderful cook, and avid reader, and an accomplished knitter.
She is survived by four children; Anne, Tom, Owen, and Andrew; her sisters Jean Mitchell and Linda Heflebower; six grandchildren and a great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Paul; and her sister, Louise.
Richard Glendening (1924 - 2011)
Mount Hope Cemetery
Created by: Poodle Plum
Record added: Oct 12, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 118563853
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